A SPLENDID half century from skipper John Everitt was the key to Selkirk’s 22-run victory against St Boswells in the Border 20/20 league last Thursday evening.
Everitt was ruthless on anything short and, save for one close LBW shout, produced a chanceless innings before he fell in the 17th over. By then, Selkirk were well on their way to posting a properly competitive total.
Everitt had fine support from Greg Fenton until the Bannerfield teenager was undone by a fine tumbling catch by Steven Broom.
His elder brother, Darren, however, batted with becoming maturity – content and able to pick up easy singles.
Defending 119 Selkirk, got off to a fine start when Jordan Reid accounted for both Boswells openers. That brought captain Broom to the crease and these were trepidatious moments for the home side since the St Boswells skipper has been merciless these past few seasons.
It looked as though Broom might sweep Selkirk away again as he motored to a rapid 31 but this time, at least, he did not have the last word. Instead Everitt had the better of the rival skipper when finding himself in a perfect position to pouch Broom’s uppish cut off the bowling of Darren Fenton.
Selkirk sensed victory and keen bowling and some sharp fielding propelled the hosts to a splendid triumph.
G. Fenton, c S. Broom b J Broom 26
J. Everitt, c Chambers b J. Broom 52
D. Fenton, run out 20
R. Wilkie, not out 7
Total for 3 119
T. Goodman, b Reid 4
R. Borthwick, b Reid 2
S. Broom, c Everitt b D. Fenton 31
A. McIlroy, c G. Fenton b D. Fenton 5
R. Elms, c G. Fenton b D. Fenton 0
B. Potter, b Graham 12
S. Hunter, b Graham 3
J. Broom, c Everitt b Gillie 6
C. Patterson, run out 14
J. Chambers, c Fairbairn b Buckley 11
G. Deans, not out 1
Total all out 97